It’s been an up-and-down season for the Seattle Seahawks, who started 0-2 but have won four of six to climb back to .500.
The offense has been a little stagnant at times, but offseason acquisition Jimmy Graham had a nice game Sunday against Dallas: seven catches for 75 yards. Graham has just two touchdowns on the season and hasn’t scored since Sept. 27 against the Bears, but he does have three games of 7+ catches on the season, including two of his last three.
“We’re getting there,” Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Hopefully we score a few more touchdowns, but he’s getting the ball. We obviously want to get him the ball even more and get everybody the ball. We got a lot of great players. There’s so many different guys, but obviously Jimmy is a very, very special player. We love having him. He’s a winner. He’s a competitor. All he cares about is us winning. He did a great job against the Cowboys. We’re going to continue to get better. We’re eight games into it, and we’re hopefully just getting started.”
The Seahawks, who have a bye this week, play their next three games at home against Arizona (6-2), San Francisco (2-6) and Pittsburgh (4-4).
“We’re in the right spot right now,” Wilson said. “I believe that we completely believe in one another, believe in the process and believe in how we prepare. We believe that we prepare hopefully better than anybody else and our coaches get us ready. Hopefully come game day we find ways to win. That’s what ultimately it comes down to.”
Wilson has just one multi-touchdown this season and has been sacked a league-high 31 times. Nevertheless, he’s made countless how-did-he-do-that plays to keep Seattle in playoff contention. He’s also avoided kill shots.
“I think I stay away from the big hits most of the time,” he said. “It’s such a physical game. If I was trying to stay away from hits, I’d be playing tennis. But I think one of the things is just playing smart. Get down when necessary and then sometimes when the game is on the line, you got to get a first down, you got to make a play, you got to get in the end zone. It’s just one of those things.”
Speaking of hits, Seattle wide receiver Ricardo Lockette sustained a gruesome one in Sunday’s 13-12 win over Dallas. Lockette, 29, was in punt coverage when he was laid out by Cowboys safety Jeff Heath. Lockette had surgery Monday to prepare ligament damage in his neck.
“He’s a great, great teammate, a great, great friend,” Wilson said. “I love him to death. He’s a true friend.”
Dez Bryant was accused after the game of trash-talking the injury, but Wilson isn’t buying it.
“Not at all,” Wilson said. “Dez Bryant is one of the good guys in the league. He’s a competitor. He would never do that. He would never wish ill on anyone. He’s not that type of person at all by any means. That’s just somebody making something up. I have a lot of respect for Dez Bryant and how he plays the game. The most important thing about this is we continue to keep Ricardo in our players. This game is a lot bigger than just football. Continue to keep him in your prayers.”